Kyoto has been populated by groups of tanuki and tengu for years, living alongside humans who are oblivious to the existence of these creatures. Yasaburou Shimogamo is the third son of an influential tanuki family who spends his carefree days taking care of an old tengu, observing humans through his ability to shapeshift, and dealing with the mysterious woman named Benten.
Behind the peace and tranquility, however, is a painful memory from long ago as Yasaburou’s father, head of the tanuki community, was killed and eaten by a group of humans known as the Friday Fellows. Uchouten Kazoku follows the trials and tribulations of the Shimogamo brothers as they struggle to avoid their own grisly demise while coming ever closer to unraveling the truth behind their father’s death. – My Anime List
Based on 15 review scores:
Frantic, energetic and fun, and even a bit sweet. Go watch now
Outside of the opening theme song, I don’t have any criticisms. It plops you down in the middle of a whimsical world and expects you to find your way. If you’re patient, you are rewarded with rich characters, beautiful animation and laugh-at-loud dialogue.
A delightful, original bouquet of supernatural scrapes, jolly japes and colourful capers. Absolutely essential viewing for anyone who wants a bit more out of his anime.
The Eccentric Family is a beautiful show. I’m aware of how much I’ve used that adjective already to describe it, but there are few other words that can really adequately describe it. NIS America has truly done this show the justice it deserves with this release. Highly recommended without reservation.
This anime succeeds very early on in capturing the novel’s atmosphere and pacing. Over the course of this story the use mythical creatures, magical powers, and dramatic relationships will serve principally as vehicles to explore the concept of mono no aware, exposing the beauty as well as sorrow in things that cannot last, things that cannot be said, and things that eventually must end.
The Eccentric Family is a well rounded story that I think the whole family can enjoy. I do think that percents will enjoy it because of the way it provides that archetype personas of children and the behavior based on their birth place. I think there is something to say about rediscovering the memories of a long lost loved one and trying to understand the meaning of their existence.
It fits my main criteria for a new anime show these days, as it’s like nothing else I’ve seen. It’s a delightful mix of drama, comedy and mystery, brimming with rich and colourful characters. The music is excellent, while the show’s visual aesthetic is unique, vivid and detailed. It’s a quality anime in every sense of the word. I’ll also be the first to admit that The Eccentric Family has its flaws, and that it could have been much better than it turned out to be.
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Overall, I would describe this series as fascinating in the sense of its narrative. It’s not every day where we see raccoons running around in a human community. But more importantly, we can see a main character’s point of view in a modern Japanese city. The dialogues spoken in this series may be difficult at times to interpret or absorb. However, make no mistake as they tie in with a lot of the themes together. As one of the underrated series, I definitely recommend giving Uchoten Kazoku a try especially if you’re a fan of comedy-drama or if you’ve previously enjoyed The Tatemi Galaxy. It’s a tale of family fun, storytelling, relationships, and brilliance.
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The series starts out as fairly silly and purely entertaining, but the real plot develops after the first few episodes. How did Yasaburo’s father really end up in a hot pot? What is Benten’s agenda? Why is his brother hiding away in a well as a frog? Everything culminates into a hilarious and tear-jerking finale, complete with lots of fluffy tanuki!
Eccentric Family is a strong, solidly built story that is well worth anyone’s time.
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The Eccentric Family may seem like an odd choice in adapting for P.A. Works, but I think it was a good one. The animation is colorful and exciting, the story is good, and the characters successfully drive the series in the direction it intended to go. The first three episodes may seem a little slow and confusing as to where the direction may be, but after that it picks up a bit more and takes you on a fun ride! I know people sometimes have a three episode rule when watching a series, me being one of them, but stick with it because you will be rewarded!
Like I said, it’s a gem in a sea of junk. The 2013 summer lineup is a pile of crap but Uchouten Kazoku made it a great season. It’s a breath of fresh air if you’re tired watching your usual dosage of moeshit. Not a masterpiece but it’s certainly a must watch series.
I have no words to describe the subtle moments in this anime. It captures the hearts with its breathtaking visuals and the tender relationship between the family members. The story is well rounded with themes of love, life, death and what it means to be a family. P.A Works has given great attention to detail in developing this anime. Watch the series with a fresh mind because it is not your standard cliché anime. If i have to put it in one word “The Eccentric Family” is a visual treat but the best part is the chemistry between Yasaburou and Benten. Benten is a total mystery, but that’s also the reason why the series becomes so interesting. Definitely a must watch in anime series.